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Chase Elliott crosses the finish line as he wins the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Saturday, July 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

RTA could help NASCAR and teams communicate better on key issues

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There is no clearer example of the disconnect between NASCAR and its teams then the fight earlier this year over the procedures to cool cars down during qualifying. NASCAR refused to allow the use of cooling boxes, so teams had jerry-rigged a system that created a dangerous on-track situation for the drivers. NASCAR summoned the crew chiefs … 0

Logano’s fury justified after wreck caused by Shepherd at NHMS

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Joey Logano spoke with a tone soaked in frustration and anger, using it whenever he could to convey a point he was determined to have heard. This wasn’t heat-of-the-moment emotion from the Penske driver. Logano’s fury had built over time, and he was convinced he had a point. Logano was speaking after his … 1

Drew Bonifant: In NASCAR this year, winning isn’t everything – but it helps

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Brad Keselowski was leaving the rest of the field in his impressive wake, but one of the people calling his victory had some reassurance for the drivers behind him. “You don’t always have to get to Victory Lane to make it a successful day,” TNT commentator Wally Dallenbach said during the broadcast. Several … 0

9 top NASCAR team owners form Race Team Alliance

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The top nine teams in NASCAR have for the first time formed a single entity to collaborate on initiatives and issues facing their sport. The Race Team Alliance was announced yesterday, and Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman was elected chairman. The goals of the … 0

France: NASCAR to discuss changes to 2015 schedule

Sunday, July 6, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Chairman Brian France said “robust” discussion will go into setting the 2015 schedule. A revamped format to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship this season coupled with NBC taking over the second … 0

NASCAR to mull qualifying changes at plate races

Saturday, July 5, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – That strange qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway might end up being a one-time thing. NASCAR executive Robin Pemberton said rules could be tweaked to prevent teams from trying to scheme ways to post … 0

Gilliland lands pole for Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Friday, July 4, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – David Gilliland won the pole for the Sprint Cup race tonight at Daytona International Speedway after rain shortened qualifying. Gilliland’s top speed during a hectic, cat-and-mouse qualifying session was 199.322 mph. The top 24 drivers yesterday in the first knockout stage were supposed to … 0

Drew Bonifant: Road to the Chase is a road course for Ambrose

Sunday, June 22, 2014

This is the point in the season Marcos Ambrose has been waiting for. From the moment NASCAR announced the change to its Chase for the Sprint Cup format, putting an emphasis on wins rather than accumulated points, the … 0

Victory-starved no more, Earnhardt Jr. seeks a winning streak

Saturday, June 14, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapped a long losing streak when he won at Michigan International Speedway two years ago. How much have times changed? A victory this week would give NASCAR’s most popular driver a winning … 0

Montoya: “I have a really good shot at winning” Indy

Sunday, May 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Juan Pablo Montoya stormed onto the national scene in 1999 as a brash and fearless rookie who didn’t hesitate to go wheel-to-wheel with the biggest names. The 23-year-old Montoya backed down from no one, didn’t hesitate … 0

NASCAR’s Scott, Elliott elected to Hall of Fame

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Wendell Scott earned a second NASCAR first yesterday: He became the first African-American driver to be elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The late driver from Virginia was among the latest group of five … 0

Chase Elliott finally set to graduate high school

Friday, May 16, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa – For many veteran NASCAR drivers, balancing a career while raising kids is a huge challenge. Chase Elliott? He has risen to the top of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series while dealing with the responsibilities that come … 0

Keselowski shows again that he’s not playing nice

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s apparently beat-up Brad Keselowski day, and he’s okay with that. The 2012 NASCAR champion has pretty thick skin, so he can handle the barbs hurled his way since his poor showing Sunday at Talladega … 0

NASCAR should leave Mears and Ambrose without punishment after scuffle

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Quick quiz: Who won the 1979 Daytona 500? The answer, of course, is Richard Petty. But very few people – if any – equate that race with “The King” grabbing the sixth of his seven … 0

Duel at the end, then fisticuffs in Sprint Cup race

Sunday, April 27, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – From perfect weather and a big crowd to a classic short-track finish and the fisticuffs afterward, NASCAR hardly could have asked for more from its first visit to Richmond International Raceway. Joey Logano emerged as … 0